Eagle Ford Shale Drilling Rigs Moving – La Salle County Leads – February 10, 2012

Drilling Rig PhotoThe Eagle Ford Shale drilling rig count increased by 1 this past week and we’re getting a lot of movement between counties. La Salle County added another rig to hit 40, while Karnes (35) and Webb (31) counties fell.

The natural gas rig count fell 4 rigs to 79 this week, while we added 5 oil rigs (176). Natural gas prices remained flat at ~$2.50/mmbtu and the natural gas storage glut grew to more than 700 Bcf year over year.  It’s hard to imaging gas prices improving substantially until a substantial number of natural gas rigs across the country are laid down.  March WTI oil prices increased to almost $99 per bbl. Horizontal wells account for activity from 237 rigs and we have 1 disposal well being drilling in Leon County (not a core Eagle Ford area).

La Salle County expanded its lead in drilling with 40 rigs running in the area.  Karnes (35),Webb (31), DeWitt (25), McMullen (23), Gonzales (23), and Dimmit (18) set the bar as core development areas in the Eagle Ford.  This week, Live Oak County jumped to 10 rigs to join the pack of counties with double digit rig counts.

It was a busy week for news with a couple of major midstream announcements and several updates from operators:

Midstream News

Operator News

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Drilling Rig Count by Operator


Operator Name Prior Week Current Week
Chesapeake 31 30
EOG Resources 25 26
ConocoPhillips 14 17
Petrohawk (BHP) 17 16
Marathon Oil (Hilcorp) 13 12
Pioneer Natural 10 11
Talisman 11 10
Anadarko 10 9
Lewis Petroleum 10 9
XTO (ExxonMobil) 8 8
All Others 106 108
Total 255 256

What is the Rig Count?

The Eagle Ford Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across a 30 county area in South Texas. The South Texas rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by SmithBits and not solely wells targeting the Eagle Ford formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count and/or Smith Service Co’s (Schlumberger) Smith Rig Count.

Drilling Rigs by County

Texas County Prior Week Current Week Texas County Prior Week Current Week
LA SALLE 39 40 MADISON 3 3
KARNES 38 35 WILSON 2 3
WEBB 33 31 BEE 2 2
DEWITT 28 25 LEE 2 2
GONZALES 19 23 MAVERICK 2 2
MCMULLEN 23 23 ZAVALA 3 2
DIMMIT 19 18 FAYETTE 1 1
LIVE OAK 6 10 MILAM 2 1
FRIO 7 8 Washington 1 1
LEON 7 7 AUSTIN 0 0
ROBERTSON 6 6 BASTROP 0 0
ATASCOSA 4 4 BURLESON 1 0
BRAZOS 3 3 COLORADO 0 0
GRIMES 1 3 DUVAL 0 0
LAVACA 3 3 GOLIAD 0 0
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R.T. Dukes

R.T. Dukes

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R.T. is the managing editor of EagleFordShale.com. In prior roles, he advised major oil companies on strategy, the macro business environment, and opportunity screening. 2503 Robinhood, Houston, TX, 77005, U.S.A. | Telephone: 832.429.4790

Comments

  1. Brett Bearden says:

    Thanks for the great update.You made mention of a disposal well being drilled in Leon county.Any idea
    exactly where it is and or who is drilling it ? Thanks Again

    • R.T. Dukes RT Dukes says:

      Brett, visit the TX RRC site. Select the Public GIS Map Server option and Search by wellbore. The API number for the SWD well is 289-31979. The well is just west of the HWY 79 and HW 7 intersection. It’s being drilled by GSI Oil & Gas.

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